Sunday, January 27, 2008

John Gibson -- Wurlitzer Prize of the Week for Wingnuttery™

What kind of cretin savages a dead actor by mocking him and disseminating homophobic speech?

This week John Gibson added more droppings to his mound of wingnut ordure.

The passing of 28-year-old Heath Ledger on Tuesday, Jan. 22, gave the screeching vulture of Faux News an opportunity to whittle his beak on the bones of a fictional character -- it's make-believe, John! -- maligning the late actor's role as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain. Yes, America, there are lunatics among us, the kind that deserve a psychiatric evaluation. Instead, ruthless network executives reward them with broadcast careers. One wonders if recruitment personnel at Faux News receive incentives to find the most despicable, slimiest dregs of humanity.

What did John Gibson do? From Think Progress:

Opening his radio show with funeral music yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson callously mocked the death of actor Heath Ledger, calling him a “weirdo” with a “serious drug problem.”

Playing an audio clip of the iconic quote, “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s gay romance movie Brokeback Mountain, Gibson disdainfully quipped, “Well, he found out how to quit you.” Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger said, “We’re dead,” followed by [Gibson's] own, mocking “We’re dead” before playing the clip again.
As Gibson's show continued, he discussed events of the week and again derided Ledger by implying that his "suicide" -- an unsubstantiated claim -- was due to a "downturn in the world stock markets." Gibson jabbed at the Clinton-Obama debate saying that watching it may have caused Ledger's death.

Can Gibson act more foolish and behave more heartlessly? Oh, yes, the vulture most certainly can.

[Keep reading...more wingnuttery and video after the jump.]

From tcampbell76, a video of John Gibson on Heath Ledger's death.

What a classless ass! With a puss that could scare the bejesus out of a she-vulture. Maybe that's what got his waddle in a twit... baring his claws, slicing jealously into a handsome lad who had died prematurely.

Dan Abrams of MSNBC (video of Courtney Hazlett, Peter Beinart, and Abrams) read a release from a hate group that stated:
Heath Ledger thought it was great fun defying God Almighty and His plain word ... God hates the sordid, tacky bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as 'Brokeback Mountain' - and He hates all persons having anything whatsoever to do with it.
The hate group announced plans to picket Ledger's funeral. You know who the wingnut clan was that spewed that pus, doncha? We don't have to tell you. Abrams went on to read other bigoted messages from blogs and message boards excoriating Ledger before airing a clip of Gibson's mockery -- all during the same segment. Bravo, John! Yes, Gibson can cavort with the El Cuckoos of Topeka, where he can roost as a preening turkey vulture, the state bird of Wingnutsylvania.

Beyond his Heath Ledger hissy fit of this week, Gibson had already proved he was a honoree of the worst of wingnuttery:
On the October 10, 2007, broadcast of his radio show, while discussing 14-year-old Asa H. Coon, who, earlier that day, had shot four people at his Cleveland high school before killing himself, Gibson asserted that "because the school is very heavily African-American, I did leap to a conclusion" that "the shooter might have been African-American." ... "I know the shooter was white. I knew it as soon as he shot himself. Hip-hoppers don't do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again." After a commercial break, Gibson repeated his assertion: "All right, it turns out, though, the kid in Cleveland who did the shooting today -- three teachers, three students -- white." Gibson added: "And I could tell right away 'cause he killed himself. Black shooters don't do that; they shoot and move on."

On the September 21, 2007, broadcast of his radio show, while discussing recent events surrounding the so-called Jena Six with the show's executive producer, known on air as "Angry Rich," Gibson asserted that the demonstrators who gathered in Jena, Louisiana, only "wanna fight the white devil." Gibson aired news coverage of the Jena Six protests and challenged protesters' claims that the incidents in Jena are representative of ongoing racism in this country, stating: "[W]hat they're worried about is a mirage of 1950s-style American segregation, racism from the South. They wanna fight the white devil. ... [T]here's no -- can't go fight the black devil. Black devils stalking their streets every night gunning down their own people -- can't go fight that. That would be snitchin'."...

...On the August 3, 2007, edition of Gibson's radio program, Angry Rich claimed Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards "whored his wife's cancer as a fundraising gimmick." He also went on to call him "a fraud" and "a pansy." During the segment, Gibson referred to Edwards as "the Breck Girl," "Silky," and "the biggest fraud running for president." Angry Rich later acknowledged having made "a poor choice of words," but went on to say of Edwards: "That doesn't mean he's not duplicitous, which he is."
You can read more from the foul-mouthed vulture's show at the link.

For his remorseless exploit in picking the bones of Heath Ledger and flapping his homophobic wings, the vulture can swoop down and snatch this week's prize with his grubby claws. Just watch out for Gibson's droppings.